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On this day – Revolutionary War Hero Marquis de Lafayette was born
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 6 of September, repeating indefinitely
On September 6, 1757, Revolutionary War hero Gilbert du Motier, better-known as the Marquis de Lafayette, was born in Chavaniac-Lafayette, France.
Though Lafayette was not American, he sincerely believed in the American cause and tirelessly advocated for the fledgling country to the French government, which was key in helping the U.S. win the war. 🇺🇸❤️🇫🇷
Lafayette also became a highly-valued military leader and friend of George Washington. He was present at Washington’s side for both the grueling winter at Valley Forge in 1777, as well as the victory at Yorktown in 1781.
Did you know? Lafayette and Washington were close friends and regarded each other as father and son figures – Lafayette named his only son after Washington and wept upon visiting his grave at Mount Vernon during his 1824 American tour.
When Lafayette died in 1834, the U.S. House and Senate chambers were draped in black. He is one of only eight international figures to be granted honorary U.S. citizenship.
The Marquis de Lafayette, Rembrandt Peale, 1825